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Audio for e-Learning

Listen to the podcasts "Introduction and why use audio for learning?" and "Audio has limitations but lean back and enjoy it" where Clive Shepard discusses the importance of using audio in e-learning: http://kineo.com/e-learning-interviews/clive-shepherd-interview.html

Why use audio for e-learning? Going one step further, why should extraneous audio be avoided? What are the psychological reasons for avoiding extraneous audio?

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E-learning by its very nature is primarily a text based medium. Instructions are written, communication is written and most assignments are submitted in a written format. While text based communication is well established it lacks the human factor that only speech can deliver.

E-learning strives to avoid the informal practices common in texting and even in e-mailing. Even if a course allows that type of communication the use of capital letters, smiley faces or wink marks compares very poorly with the spoken word.

Sound is a step up ...

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E-learning by its very nature is primarily a text based medium. Instructions are written, communication is written and most assignments are submitted in a written format. While text based communication is well established it lacks the human factor that only speech can deliver.

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